05/02/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/02/2019 12:04
OTTAWA, ON: 2018 world champion, Kaetlyn Osmond, 23, Marystown, N.L./Edmonton, Alta., announced her retirement from competitive figure skating today. Osmond is Canada's most decorated female singles skater with three Olympic medals, two world championships medals and three national titles.
'Competition has been such a rewarding part of my life. Having a purpose and accomplishing goals beyond my wildest dreams has been incredibly fulfilling. No words will ever describe the emotions competitions carry,' said Osmond. 'I would like to thank my coaches, family, friends, and Skate Canada for all the support they have given me over the years. Leaving competition is terrifying, but I am excited to see what else life has to offer.'
Osmond won her first Canadian title in 2013 and would go on to win two more in 2014 and 2017. Over the course of her decorated career, Osmond would compete at two Olympic Games in 2014 and 2018. At the 2014 Olympics she won the silver medal for the team event. In 2018 she added two more Olympic medals to her collection, a bronze in the individual women's event and gold in the team event.
'It was truly a pleasure to have had a skater like Kaetlyn represent Canada. Kaetlyn brought energy to our Canadian team and inspired many young women around the world with her talent,' said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. 'Kaetlyn's accomplishments on the ice are only matched by her outgoing and kind personality and Skate Canada wishes Kaetlyn the very best in the next chapter of her life.'
During her senior career, Osmond won two world championship medals, winning gold in 2018 and a silver in 2017. In 2018 she became the first Canadian woman to win the world championship title in 45 years. On the ISU Grand Prix circuit, she picked up four medals and would go on to qualify for the ISU Grand Prix Final in 2016 and 2017, earning a bronze medal in 2017.
'It has been a pleasure to be a part of Kaetlyn's amazing journey. She has done so much for skating in Canada and her dedication to the sport led her to three Olympic medals and a world championship title. Skate Canada is incredibly proud and grateful for Kaetlyn's contribution to our national team and we wish her the best in her future endeavours,' said Mike Slipchuk, High Performance Director, Skate Canada.
For her work on the ice, Osmond received the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2018 and the highway from Red Harbour, N.L., to Marystown was officially renamed as Osmond Way. Osmond currently resides in Brantford, Ont., where she continues to perform in skating shows in Canada and internationally.